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<h2>This lesson teaches you to</h2>
<li><a href="#ColorPalette">Customize the Color Palette</a></li>
<li><a href="#StatusBar">Customize the Status Bar</a></li>
<li><a href="#Inheritance">Theme Individual Views</a></li>
<h2>You should also read</h2>
<li><a href="">Material design specification</a></li>
<li><a href="{@docRoot}design/material/index.html">Material design on Android</a></li>
<p>The new material theme provides:</p>
<li>System widgets that let you set their color palette</li>
<li>Touch feedback animations for the system widgets</li>
<li>Activity transition animations</li>
<p>You can customize the look of the material theme
according to your brand identity with a color palette you control. You can tint the action bar and
the status bar using theme attributes, as shown in <a href="#fig3">Figure 3</a>.</p>
<p>The system widgets have a new design and touch feedback animations. You can customize the
color palette, the touch feedback animations, and the activity transitions for your app.</p>
<p>The material theme is defined as:</p>
<li><code>@android:style/Theme.Material</code> (dark version)</li>
<li><code>@android:style/Theme.Material.Light</code> (light version)</li>
<p>For a list of material styles that you can use, see the API reference for
<!-- two columns, dark/light material theme example -->
<div style="width:700px;margin-top:25px;margin-bottom:10px">
<div style="float:left;width:250px;margin-left:40px;margin-right:60px;">
<img src="{@docRoot}design/material/images/MaterialDark.png" width="500" height="238">
<div style="width:170px;margin:0 auto">
<p style="margin-top:8px;font-size:12px"><strong>Figure 1</strong>. Dark material theme</p>
<div style="float:left;width:250px;margin-right:0px;">
<img src="{@docRoot}design/material/images/MaterialLight.png" width="500" height="238">
<div style="width:170px;margin:0 auto">
<p style="margin-top:8px;font-size:12px"><strong>Figure 2</strong>. Light material theme</p>
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<strong>Note:</strong> The material theme is only available in Android 5.0 (API level 21) and
above. The <a href="{@docRoot}tools/support-library/features.html#v7">v7 Support Libraries</a>
provide themes with material design styles for some widgets and support for customizing the color
palette. For more information, see
<a href="{@docRoot}training/material/compatibility.html">Maintaining Compatibility</a>.
<h2 id="ColorPalette">Customize the Color Palette</h2>
<p style="margin-bottom:30px">To customize the theme's base colors to fit your brand, define
your custom colors using theme attributes when you inherit from the material theme:</p>
&lt;!-- inherit from the material theme -->
&lt;style name="AppTheme" parent="android:Theme.Material">
&lt;!-- Main theme colors -->
&lt;!-- your app branding color for the app bar -->
&lt;item name="android:colorPrimary">@color/primary&lt;/item>
&lt;!-- darker variant for the status bar and contextual app bars -->
&lt;item name="android:colorPrimaryDark">@color/primary_dark&lt;/item>
&lt;!-- theme UI controls like checkboxes and text fields -->
&lt;item name="android:colorAccent">@color/accent&lt;/item>
<div style="float:right;margin-left:25px;margin-top:20px;margin-bottom:10px" id="fig3">
<img src="{@docRoot}training/material/images/ThemeColors.png" width="250" height="445"/>
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<strong>Figure 3.</strong> Customizing the material theme.</p>
<h2 id="StatusBar">Customize the Status Bar</h2>
<p>The material theme lets you easily customize the status bar, so you can specify a
color that fits your brand and provides enough contrast to show the white status icons. To
set a custom color for the status bar, use the <code>android:statusBarColor</code> attribute when
you extend the material theme. By default, <code>android:statusBarColor</code> inherits the
value of <code>android:colorPrimaryDark</code>.</p>
<p>You can also draw behind the status bar yourself. For example, if you want to show
the status bar transparently over a photo, with a subtle dark gradient to ensure the white
status icons are visible. To do so, set the <code>android:statusBarColor</code> attribute to
<code>&#64;android:color/transparent</code> and adjust the window flags as required. You can
also use the {@link android.view.Window#setStatusBarColor Window.setStatusBarColor()} method for
animations or fading.</p>
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<strong>Note:</strong> The status bar should almost always have a clear delineation from the
primary toolbar, except for cases where you show edge-to-edge rich imagery or media content behind
these bars and when you use a gradient to ensure that the icons are still visible.
<p>When you customize the navigation and status bars, either make them both transparent or modify
only the status bar. The navigation bar should remain black in all other cases.</p>
<h2 id="Inheritance">Theme Individual Views</h3>
<p>Elements in XML layout definitions can specify the <code>android:theme</code> attribute,
which references a theme resource. This attribute modifies the theme for the element and any
child elements, which is useful for altering theme color palettes in a specific portion
of an interface.</p>